13 Days - US Coast to Coast

13 Days - US Coast to Coast

13 Days Tour covering East & West Coast

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Tour Highlights

 

New York

  • Statue of Liberty

  • Wall Street Bull

  • Freedom Tower

  • Visit to Apple Store

  • Double Decker New York City Tour

  • Free time at Times Square

  • Ferry ride to Battery Park

  • Photo Stop at Ground Zero

  • Corning Museum of Glass

 

Philadelphia



  • Philadelphia City tour (Guided)

 

Washington D.C



  • City Tour of Dc (Guided)

  • Air & Space Museum

  • Capital Wheel at National Harbour

 

Pennsylvania



  • Hershey’s Chocolate World

  • Pennsylvania State Capitol (if open)

  • Tanger Outlet shopping

 

Niagara

  • Illumination Of Niagara Falls

  • Imax Movie at Niagara Falls

  • Cave Of The Winds

  • Maid Of The Mist Boat Ride

 

Las Vegas



  • Limo ride in Las Vegas

  • Free day to explore

 

Los Angeles

  • Ontario Mills Outlet

  • Oue Sky Space

  • City tour of Los Angeles

  • Universal Studios (10 am to 03 pm)

 

Yosemite

  • Visit the National Park

 

San Francisco

  • Bay Cruise

  • City tour of San Francisco (Guided)

  • Cable Car (If Operational)

  • Free time at fisherman's Warf

  • SF flyer

 

Price Includes

  • All hotels as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Airport transfers on private basis (from JFK, BUF and LAS airport). Drop off from SFO hotel will be via hotel shuttle. If the shuttle is not operating, passengers will have to pay cab fare on own.

  • 12 dinners at Indian restaurant (choice of veg, non veg & jain)

  • 12 American buffet breakfast (if not option for Grand Canyon then 11 breakfast & 1 packed breakfast or 20$ refund)

  • Hindi speaking tour director (will meet at 6 pm on day 1 & be with the group till end of day 6 on the east) & a different tour director on the west from day 7 to end of day 12).

 

Exclusions:

  • Lunches

  • Domestic flights arriving into JFK & departing out of BUF (for Wednesday departure, your flight will be arriving on Wed at JFK & departing out of Buffalo, NY on Tuesday.

  • Visa & Processing Fees

  • Porterage

  • Tips or Personal expenses. Drinks of any kind.

  • International or Domestic flights

  • Travel Insurance

  • $24 mandatory tip per person to be given to the tour director

 

Additional Night Prices:

Please see below for rates that are available should you require pre or post tour accommodation.

 

Pre tour Hotel rates per Night per person:

Hotel

Single

Double

Triple

Granf Hyatt or Similar

 £175.00

£185.00

£250.00



 

Post Tour Hotel Rates per Room per Night per person:

Hotel

Single

Double

Triple

Marriot San Mateo

£155.00

£165.00

£190.00





Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Price

Grand Canyon West Rim Tour with Skywalk

$193 per person

Grand Canyon West Rim Tour with Skywalk, Pontoon & Helicopter ride

$389 per person

Grand Canyon Air/Ground tour with Skywalk

$349 per person

Grand Canyon Air/Ground tour with Skywalk, Helicopter, Boat

$505 per person

Grand Canyon Air and Groud tour of South Rim

$319 per person

Grand Canyon Air and Groud tour of South Rim

with Helicopter ride

$485 per person


 

Excurisions

Price

The WET JET Tour: EXHILARATING WET ADVENTURE

$124 per person

Niagara Helicopter Tour (No Canadian Visa)

$123 per person


 

 

 

Day 1

Arrive New York

Arrive at JFK Airport (preferred time of arrival between 08:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs). On arrival meet our representative who will assist you with your transfers to your hotel (check in at hotel available from 15:00 hrs). Experience a world class New York Hotel located in the Fashionable area of midtown Manhattan skyline. Up until 19:00 hrs use this time to relax; at 19:00 hrs meet your tour manager at the hotel lobby. Enjoy a buffet Indian dinner at a restaurant which is walking distance. Later enjoy free time at Times Square.
Please note: that the hotel may take your Credit card at the time of check in towards incidentals. The hold on the card will be released once the guests check out if no charges are incurred.
Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Grand Hyatt or similar

D

Day 2

New York

Depart from the hotel for breakfast at an American restaurant, later proceed for a photo stop by the iconic bull at Wall Street followed by a ferry ride to Battery Park where the world famous Statue of Liberty lies ground access is included (entrance to Crown & Pedstal is not included). Later visit the One World Trade Centre also known as the "Freedom Tower" which is the tallest building in the western hemisphere a symbol of strength & solidarity. We will have a photo stop at Ground Zero (entrance to 9/11 memorial is not included). You will also have a phot stop at the Rockefeller centre, a national historic monument: comprising of 19 high rise commercial buildings. Enjoy free time for souvenir shopping. In the evening proceed for an Indian dinner. Then enjoy an illumination tour of Manhattan conducted in an open double-decker bus
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Grand Hyatt or similar

B, D

Day 3

New York - Philadelphia - Washington D.C.

Drive to Philadelphia; on arrival enjoy an entertaining tour of the largest city in Pennsylvania state with a guide. Then depart for Washington DC, stop at DC's latest happening waterfront destination with shopping, restaurants and DC's latest attraction - The Sky Wheel. This stately Observation wheel takes the riders as high as 180 Ft above the river, giving a wonderful bird's eye view of Potomac river. Drive to the outskirts of DC to check into your hotel after dinner.
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Marriott Tysons Corner or similar

B, D

Day 4

Washington D.C. City Tour

Proceed for a city tour of DC with your local guide, covering all the major landmarks. Learn about the history and trivia that surrounds Washington. Later visit the famous National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution that holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. You will also visit the museum of Natural History. Later divulge in some retail therapy at Tanger outlet mall offering lot of designer brand labels. In the evening enjoy an Indian dinner before arriving at the hotel.
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Best Western Premier or similar

B, D

Day 5

Pennsylvania - Harrisburg - Corning

After breakfast proceed for the Pennsylvania Capitol tour (if open). The Pennsylvania State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is in downtown Harrisburg. After an inside peek at the political hub of the state, enjoy a tour of the world famous Hershey's Chocolate World. Later drive to Corning to check out the World's most comprehensive Glass collection at Corning Museum of Glass. Drive to Niagara on route stop for dinner at an Indian restaurant. On arrival view the falls at night - this illumination includes a range of colours that alternate throughout the evening and shine over all of Niagara Falls.
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Sheraton At The Falls or similar

B, D

Day 6

Niagara

Depart to view The Niagara Falls IMAX® Theatre which takes you on a ride over the Niagara Falls. Later embark on an unforgettable elevator ride 175 feet below to the "Cave of the Winds" to feel the power of the falls first hand. Then board the boat ride aboard the world-famous Maid of the Mist (subject to operation). The boat lets you get up close & personal view of the Horseshoe Falls, known as the "bridal veil". Please note no vehicle will be provided today as everything is walking distance. Evening at your own leisure.
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Sheraton At The Falls or similar

B, D

Day 7

Niagara - Las Vegas

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from the hotel depending on your return flight. Check out time is at 11:00 hrs. Note that packed breakfast is not available for passengers taking an early morning flight. Return flight should be from Buffalo Airport (airport code: BUF). Arrive at Las Vegas Airport (Airport code: LAS) (preferred time of arrival between 08:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs). On arrival meet our representative at baggage claim area who will assist you with your transfers to your hotel. Up until 18:00 hrs use this time to relax; at 18:00 hrs meet your tour manager at the hotel lobby. Depart for an Indian dinner which is walking distance from the hotel; after, explore the bright lights of the famous Las Vegas strip in a limousine where you will have an unobstructed view of the Vegas glitz and glamour. Later visit Fremont Street, this stop will wow you with 12 million LEDs flashing under a four-block-long canopy. Please note that the hotel may take your Credit card at the time of check-in towards Incidentals. The hold on the card will be released once the guests check out if no charges are incurred
Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Paris Las Vegas or Harrah's

B, D

Day 8

Las Vegas or Optional Grand Canyon

The day is yours to explore the original 'Sin City'. Stroll down the 'Strip', with its outrageous themed hotels or relax by the poolside. A walk along the 'Strip' offers many free attractions such as the breath-taking show of musical fountains at the Bellagio Hotel and the erupting volcano at the Mirage. Away from Las Vegas, we recommend the magnificent Grand Canyon (not included). The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world and is visited by millions of people every year. Passengers opting for the Grand Canyon will be given packed breakfast. Passengers opting to stay back will be given $20 towards breakfast. Later, depart for an Indian dinner.
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Paris Las Vegas or Harrah's

B, D

Day 9

Las Vegas - Los Angeles

Drive to Los Angeles known as the City of Angels. En route stop at an outlet to shop at your favourite brands. Upon arrival at LA visit the OUE Skyspace and experience a 360-degree view of the city. Later, proceed for a city tour of Los Angeles with an experienced local tour guide. Drive through the busy streets of Avenue of Stars, Dolby theatre and Rodeo drive. Take a picture of the famous Hollywood sign from one of the vantage points. Later enjoy an Indian dinner before checking in for your hotel.
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Hilton Glendale or Similar

B, D

Day 10

Half-day Universal Studios - Los Angeles

In the morning we visit Universal Studios™ and go behind the scenes on the legendary studio tour to explore Hollywood's most famous working movie studio. Experience the Jurassic Park Ride® where you will come face-to-face with a 50-foot t-rex before taking a treacherous 84-foot death-defying raft plunge. You will have the opportunity to visit many more rides and attractions. At approximately 15:00 hrs depart for dinner and overnight stay in Bakersfield.
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites or Similar

B, D

Day 11

Bakersfield - Yosemite National Park - San Mateo

Today after breakfast, you will drive from Bakersfield to Yosemite National park (5 hours drive approximately). Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, and glaciers. Marvel at the breathtaking beauty and learn about the history, wildlife and geology of Yosemite Valley's most famous sights. Take in the majesty and Reignite your passion photography Sit back, relax and discover Yosemite National Park's incredible scenery and hidden secrets. From here drive to San Mateo (approximately 4 ½ hours) to check into your hotel. Enjoy buffet dinner at Indian restaurant en-route.
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Marriot San Mateo or Similar

B, D

Day 12

San Francisco

Enjoy a full-day tour of San Francisco. Begin by taking a cruise along the bay which offers spectacular views of the skyline, Alcatraz, Golden Gate bridge & Bay Bridge. Later, enjoy a 3-D movie that combines motion seats, live-action and computer-generated imagery to simulate flight, and in-theatre special effects to create a sweeping experience for all your senses. Enjoy a city covering major highlights of the city - San Francisco's Twin Peaks are two prominent hills near the centre of the city. Each one stands at about 922 feet tall, and they offer amazing views of the Bay Area all the way down to the water. Enjoy a wonderful ride aboard Cable car (the world's last manually operated Cable car system- if operational).
Breakfast (Y) Dinner (Y)
Hotel: Marriot San Mateo or Similar

B, D

Day 13

End of Tour

Today after breakfast, checkout from the hotel (check out time is 11:00 hrs). The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to the airport. Please check with the front desk regarding shuttle timings. If you have any early flight and no shuttle is operational, please take a cab on own. Return flight must be from San Francisco Airport (Airport code: SFO).
Breakfast (Y)

NOTE: On occasions, due to large events, traffic, logistics and availability of reservations, it may be necessary to change the above itinerary. However, all aspects of the itinerary will be covered. Check-in times for all hotel is at 15:00 hours. A representative will meet you at the baggage claim area
with a placard. Meet and greet is not provided for passengers arriving a night before the tour.

B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

2020 USD Dates & Prices

 

Departure Dates

3 Adults Sharing

2 Adults sharing

Child (2-11)

Apr - 16, 23, 30

$2900

$3050

$2095

May - 07, 14, 21, 28

$2900

$3050

$2095

Jun - 04, 11, 18, 25

$2900

$3050

$2095

Jul - 02, 09, 16, 23, 30

$2900

$3050

$2095

Aug - 06, 13, 20, 27

$2900

$3050

$2095

Sept - 03, 10, 17, 24

$2900

$3050

$2095

Oct - 01, 08, 15, 22, 29

$2900

$3050

$2095

Nov - 05

$2900

$3050

$2095


 

Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0 - 23 months price is $340 for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person(s) excluding infants

Single supplement will be an additional $995

 

Early bird Offer

Book 6 weeks in advance and get $90 per Adult and Child



 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

USA

Washington D.C.

USD

Yes

UTC - 5 (East Coast)

UTC - 8 (West Coast)

120V,

60Hz

+1



 

 

United States (USA)

 

The United States of America (USA) consisting of 52 States which are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is the north-western part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an island in the mid-Pacific.

 

The country also has five populated and nine unpopulated territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean. At 3.71 million square miles (9.62 million km2) and with around 318 million people, the United States is the world's 3rd or 4th-largest country by total area and third-largest by population. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate of the United States is also extremely diverse, and it is home to a wide variety of wildlife.

 

The United States is a developed country and has the world's largest national economy.

 

Currency

 

The US Dollar is the currency of United States. The currency code for Dollars is USD, and the currency symbol is $.US dollar notes are simple enough to understand, though those nickels, dimes and quarters might be a tad puzzling to work out when you go for your first few times. Available denominations for notes is Dollars - $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100  and coins is Cents - 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c.

The US Dollar is the most commonly converted currency in the world and is regularly used as a benchmark in the Forex market. As the dominant global reserve currency, it is held by nearly every central bank in the world.

 

Additional Excursions

 

We design our itineraries so that all the necessary excursions and places of interest are included to give the passenger the best possible holiday at an affordable price. However, often, the tour representative or local ground operator will offer passengers additional excursions that are designed to enhance the holiday experience and are not included in the tour cost.

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yoghurt.

 

Passengers can choose from vegetarian, or non-vegetarian (Jain or Halal will not always be available) meals. The meals are pre-set buffet, and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with tap water only.

 

Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour representative if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

UK Residents

United States



 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc. in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer/kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hairdryer etc., as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini-bar or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s) excluding infants.

 

Other Advisories

 

General

 

Once in United States, you must carry your passport with you at all times.

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at the airport where flights are done by Star Tours at the allocated time. If you are doing your own flights, then you will need to meet the tour rep directly at the arrival terminal at the destination.

 

You will be sent an ATOL certificate if your flights are done with Star Tours.

 

You should always follow the protocol for flights as set out by the airline. You should check the board at the airport for any flight delays, change of gate number or any other useful information provided by the airline.

 

Visas & Passport

 

You will require a visa to travel to the United States unless you are eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or you are a citizen of  Canada or Bermuda.Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country.

 

Entry requirements for UK nationals:

Everyone from the UK going to the USA by air or sea, even those just passing through, must fill out an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) form in advance.

Entry requirements for Indian Passport Holders: Passport valid for at least 6 months upon arrival. Visas are required.

 

B-2 visitor visas are non-immigrant visas for persons traveling to United States temporarily for tourism, pleasure or visiting.

A visa is also required if you applied for travel authorization under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and your registration has been denied.

It is a two step process – First is documents collection, data-entry and application is reviewed and second step is Interview with a consular officer.

Please refer https://www.usa.gov/visas for further information.

 

Weather

 

The climate in USA varies across different parts of the country. Generally, the western and southern parts of US have warmer weather as compared to the eastern and northern parts. The eastern/northern parts of US experience harsh winters with heavy snowfall but the summers are pleasant. The western/southern part has extremely hot summers and comparatively tolerable winters

USA can be divided into six climate regions, excluding Alaska, Hawaii and outlying territories. The climate varies considerably between different regions.

  • Northwest Pacific

  • Mid/South Pacific

  • Midwest

  • Northeast

  • Southeast

  • Southwest

 

West Coast (North)

 

(Includes states like Oregon and Washington to the crest of the Cascade Mountains)

This is the perhaps the wettest part of the country. There are scattered rain showers all year round. Temperatures are mild averaging around 40 degree F. (32.2 degree C). The summer months are pleasantly warmer but never too hot. You can see fogs along the coast during the warmer weather but the fog is less dense during mid-day.

Warm clothes: You will need extra warm clothes for winters like leather jackets, thermal jackets, warm inners, leather gloves etc.

 

West Coast (South and Mid)

 

(Includes states like California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada)

These states have generally dry and delightful summers.

California has excellent weather all the year round, with the northern part of the state somewhat cooler (quiet chilly in the winter but seldom freezing). There are very few places in California that experience snow, and the state is known for its nice weather. Mostly all the cities have tolerable winters.

The winter months in the other states like Montana, Idaho and Wyoming can be very cold, with temperatures dropping well below 0 degree F. Colorado, Utah and Nevada are known for their excellent skiing.

Warm clothes: For California you will need warm clothes for winters. For the rest of the Mid-South Pacific region you will need warmer apparel.

 

Midwest

 

(Includes states like Dakotas, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana)

This region is moderately dry. Precipitation occurs mainly in late spring and early summer. Summers are pleasant but winter time can be harsh, with lots of snow and heavy chilly winds. Extremes within the Midwest can drop down to -50 degree F.

Warm clothes: You will need extra warm clothes for winters like leather jackets, thermal jackets, warm inners, leather gloves etc.

 

East Coast (North)

 

(Includes states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland).

This entire area is moderately rainy. In winter, the region experiences heavy snow and freezing rain. Summers are usually pleasant, sunny and warm. The fall is especially beautiful in wooded areas.

Warm clothes: You will need extra warm clothes for leather jackets, thermal jackets, warm inners, leather gloves etc.

 

East Coast (South)

 

(Includes states like portions of Arkansas and Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia)

Like the Northeast, this entire area experiences moderate rains fairly evenly throughout the year. The Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons are all very pleasant. Some snow and freezing rain falls in winter but for the most part, the winters are quite mild and short lived.

Warm clothes: You will need moderate warm clothes for winters, but may need the extra warm ones for the cold weather that lasts for a very short duration of time.

 

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept lightweight manual wheelchair for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the vehicle. It is also essential that a family member is also on tour to push the wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed.

 

For us to request a wheelchair for you with the airline, this request should be made to us in writing at the time of booking. The allocation of the wheelchair will be at the discretion of the airline/airport.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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